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Meticulously Crafted Softgoods from the Czech Republic

Within the South Bohemian Area of the Czech Republic, a former firefighter by the title of Martin Kubes sews up a few of the cleanest work you’ll ever see on the earth of EDC softgoods. Martin’s social feeds are a pleasure to scroll by each day, with work-in-progress baggage and equipment, every one tailor-made to its future proprietor’s wants. Most of our readers have in all probability seen his work on this vogue, however many fewer have had the pleasure of experiencing the baggage themselves. Martin is a one-man store, and it’s so very clear that he takes nice pleasure in his craft, so wait occasions for backpacks usually float round 20 weeks or extra. 

Nonetheless, when you’re fortunate sufficient to get in line, and affected person sufficient to attend, you’ll have a REHOSE murals which you could name your personal. When Martin gave me that chance, we each selected his traditional FLASH Flip and the newer BUDDY 22. Over the previous few months I’ve been utilizing these for each day outings, hikes, and prolonged journeys. They’ve simply turn into a few of my most used packs this yr, so let me let you know why.

Medium to giant EDC and journey backpack with intuitive entry factors and sharp design components

Within the timeline of REHOSE, the FLASH Flip may very well be thought-about one of many OGs; an iteration of the even older FLASH mannequin. This most up-to-date FLASH Flip brings about some updates to the earlier design, equivalent to ultra-clean stretch bottle pockets and a padded boot. That is the bag to try for when you usually catch your self in a little bit of rain or when you usually want to regulate the quantity of substances you’re carrying all through the day, because of the adjustable flap.

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The FLASH Flip is a component roll-top, half top-loader, and half panel-loader. In observe, this implies you’ve 3 ways for loading and accessing. The obvious is annotated by the hefty AustriAlpin Cobra buckle; the entrance flap. Unclasping the buckle offers you top-load entry to your complete quantity of the bag at a listed 25L. I discovered the capability was in all probability nearer to different frequent 28L baggage. The deal with on the mouth of the flap offers a simple seize level to carry the bag whilst you stuff your gear in, but it surely additionally permits you to rip down the entrance panel, just like the Thriller Ranch Spartan, providing you with full-frontal entry to the compartment. That is the best way to go whereas packing your bag up, however it’s possible you’ll need to keep away from it whereas out and about so your gear isn’t liable to tumbling out. For me, the best method to rapidly entry my gear was to maintain the panel unzipped simply till the fold within the flap. Your gear stays simply as safe but it surely permits easy facet entry into the principle compartment to seize a shell or insulation layer.

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The pocketing on the FLASH Flip is neatly designed round entry to the principle compartment. For smaller gear, your finest guess is to make the most of the side-access entrance pocket; nice for a snack or small first support equipment. The inside is lined with pockets on all sides besides the again, which has a row of PALS for the elective laptop computer sleeve or different equipment. On both facet are open-top wand pockets that are most readily accessible by way of the highest opening. The highest of the entrance panel is dwelling to a zippered pocket with some built-in quantity. It is a great place for safer gear, whereas nonetheless being simply accessible just below the entrance flap. Additional down the entrance panel is a mesh pocket for different smaller bits you don’t need floating to the underside of your bag.

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In addition to some {hardware} variations, each the FLASH Flip and BUDDY collection share a harness, which is among the highlights of Martin’s work. Extra on that under as we dig into the extra compact BUDDY 22.

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Midsize do-all backpack with pleasingly easy entry factors and a modern exterior

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The BUDDY 22 is an evolution of an older top-loader, the BARREL, and is available in each the pictured 22L dimension and a 30L dimension which is extra oriented for one-bag journey or these with heftier each day carry necessities. For me, the BUDDY 22 has been the shock hit of the yr. That is the on a regular basis backpack from REHOSE as of this writing. Every thing about it makes it simpler to go about your day with all your gear protected and as a substitute, all whereas trying completely slick.

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The graceful-as-butter horseshoe zip permits you to pack and entry the contents of the principle compartment in three separate methods, identical to the FLASH Flip; facet entry on both facet, top-loader entry, and full panel entry. Whereas the technique of entry are basically completely different from its sibling, it nonetheless checks most of the similar bins relying in your preferences. With the FLASH Flip, I discovered the best mode of ingress and egress was by way of the facet zips, which means I’d pack my most used gadgets close to the underside. Nonetheless, with the BUDDY 22 I discovered the alternative to be true. Whereas facet entry continues to be intuitive, I tended to pack issues like my digicam on the very prime of the bag, treating it like a top-loader. The row of PALS on the prime of the again wall meant I might simply mount a digicam dice or another bits of substances so it was instantly accessible. The horseshoe zipper makes opening the highest flap extremely straightforward, and you’ll accomplish it with one hand after some observe. Similar to with the FLASH Flip, using your complete entrance panel zip is one of the best ways to load up your gear earlier than heading out in your journey.

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One of the crucial welcome additions to the BUDDY line of baggage is the highest quick-access pocket. Simply sufficient room to your keys, pockets, earbuds, and perhaps a snack. Because it sits proper behind your head, you’ll be able to even entry it whereas sporting the bag when you’re even the littlest bit versatile. One of many cooler issues about this bag is that the entire pull-tabs are 550 paracord (coloration chosen by you), and the best way they’re connected to the bag permits them for use for a bit of peace of thoughts by working the zipper pull by them. That is true of each this quick-access pocket in addition to the principle compartment.

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In addition to a vertical slash pocket on the entrance panel, the remainder of the bag is compact with nothing to get caught on as you make your manner by city environments or different crowded areas, which is the place it actually thrives.

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I’m not huge on micro-organization in baggage. I don’t want pen slots or something of the type; I deliver my very own pouches. And for individuals who comply with in these footsteps, the BUDDY 22 is the king of macro-organization. There’s pocketing aplenty and every zippered or open-top pocket is completely as a substitute. While you pop open the lid, there’s a gusseted side-access mesh pocket that lives proper under the highest quick-access pocket. Because of the gusseted design, it may possibly maintain a stunning quantity, however I’d maintain heavier gadgets elsewhere.

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When you’ve gotten a glance down the barrel, the BUDDY presents you with a number of intuitive locations to stow your gear. On both facet close to the highest are angled, zippered slash pockets. I used these as prolonged quick-access pockets for issues like my energy financial institution, Peak Design Cellular Tripod, or a small gear pouch. Beneath the pocket-adorned lid is a wall of loop. Martin ships these baggage with a small hook-backed pen and gear panel, however as I alluded to above, that isn’t my jam, so I opted for a blacked-out Carryology P13 Sign patch. Beneath that, nonetheless on the entrance panel of the bag, is a bigger, gusseted mesh pocket. The wand pockets from the FLASH collection additionally make a return right here, and for the reason that BUDDY sometimes does not include exterior bottle pockets, that is the place I stowed my water bottle of selection, a Slim memobottle. These received’t match a bigger Nalgene-style bottle, however I used to be capable of simply stow my Peak Design Journey Tripod within the opposing wand pocket.

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The harness, which is shared between each baggage, is hyper-comfortable because of the vast, dense straps, and is utilitarian sufficient to commute by the city jungle or an precise jungle. The load-lifters are straightforward to seize, alter, and stow, with out getting in the best way. Truthfully, this is among the solely harnesses that I don’t thoughts load-lifters on, as I normally desire them left off within the title of simplicity. REHOSE has designed certainly one of my favourite harnesses for EDC to this point.

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It’s tough to write down something apart from excessive reward for the REHOSE household of baggage and the work that Martin places into them. The wait listing is lengthy as a result of, as you’ll hear from Martin himself, particulars matter. That mantra shines by in each customized, made-to-order merchandise that leaves his store. Baggage like these might solely come from somebody who is really keen about their craft, and once you see them first-hand, you’ll redefine your personal sense of what a high-quality bag is.

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I’ve really fallen in love with REHOSE, and I hope it’s straightforward to see why. My BUDDY 22 has been all the things from an workplace bag and one-bag journey bag, to one thing I’ve hauled diapers and bottles in. While you resolve to make the leap, be sure you peruse the REHOSE social accounts for some inspiration, the place Martin paperwork nearly each bag he makes. The variations of colours and units of options are really distinctive to every of their house owners, and every is worthy of the extremely excessive commonplace of the REHOSE title.



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